Cardboard cathedral

Construction will soon begin on a cardboard cathedral to temporarily replace Christchurch Cathedral.

A model image of the cardboard catherdral

The Christchurch Anglican diocese has commissioned renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban to design a cathedral capable of seating more than 700 people.

The temporary cathedral, which would be constructed of locally produced cardboard tubes erected in an A-shape over a foundation of shipping containers, would be available as a venue for both religious services and concerts.

It is expected the structure will be finished by December 2012

Read more about Christchurch and Canterbury in 2012.